The one thing that I noticed more than anything else, is that the Americans are hugely patriotic. If you happened to forget where you were, for instance, you would always be reminded by a helpful flag, or five, fluttering from the nearest flagpole.

The Stars & Stripes - all a-flutter on a winter's day

This is no more apparent than in Washington DC specifically at the Washington Monument, built to commemorate the first American president, General George Washington.

Standing tall - 169m tall - The Washington Memorial

This obelisk was constructed using blocks of marble, granite and bluestone gneiss.  It is not only the tallest structure in Washington DC it is also the tallest stone structure and tallest obelisk in the world.

Winter in the capital...

The cornerstone was laid in 1848 – but it was only completed in 1884; construction being rudely interrupted by the American Civil War (1861-1865).

Looking along the Reflecting Pool towards the Washington Monument... on a really quiet day . Where are all the tourists!?

The White House, no doubt, looks just the same as it did under the Clinton administration.  Maybe they’ll have different Christmas decorations this year!

The White House

Washington DC, USA – December, 1993

Info: Pentax P30T, ISO 400. Scanned negatives with CanoScan 8800F – cleaned up in Photoshop v5.